Never seen without his trusty camcorder, senior Kyle Ransom appears to be everywhere at once: soccer games, choir concerts, club meetings, you name it. Embarking on a mission to capture the 100th anniversary of Logan High, Ransom has launched his latest video project The Amphion, a collection of daily videos one minute in length, in an effort to capture the true essence of student life here at Logan High.
Ransom came up with The Amphion just a few days before school started. Earlier he had been talking with some student body officers about the history and legacy of the school spending his summer going through the archives. One thing that resonated with Ransom was old yearbooks, especially Logan High’s 1958 edition The Amphion, for which his project is named.
“Reading old yearbooks made me fall back in love with Logan High,” Ransom remembered. “I was kind of discouraged about it being senior year with all the construction, and these books reminded me of the legacy and how much we had to carry on and how much we could improve. I had this idea of daily videos on the past but never really had a purpose, something to drive it forward. I would just feel like I’m running around with my camera every day. But now, I feel a little less like that and more like I’m actually documenting something bigger.”
"Life in itself is one of the best movies we could ever watch."
Throughout his high school career, Ransom has developed a passion for cinematography. He never thought that his enrollment in Mr. Harris’ Video 1 class would lead to The Amphion among other projects. Now, Ransom is anticipating to enter his short films into local film festivals, attend film school next fall, and, alongside his brother, soon launch film production company The Brothers Ransom. Operating through word of mouth, The Brothers Ransom is already in the works, currently developing promotional videos for a local helicopter school, an agriculture company and a fitness business.
“My brother and I are actually writing two films right now,” Ransom said. “My brother’s always been a really big movie buff, but he never thought that he would ever want to make movies. And around the same week, we both started getting these ideas that we could make films together. We just really fell in love with filmmaking really fast. I don’t know how else to explain it. It was really organic and just happened.”
Ransom’s projects call for him to play writer, director and editor simultaneously, especially in the case of The Amphion. He has made filmmaking part of his routine, becoming impressively efficient without sacrificing quality. On average, Ransom takes about 20 minutes to put together a new daily clip for The Amphion.
“Around 5 o’clock, I’ll just grab my footage from the day. I bring all the clips in. I listen to the audio, to the conversations, and if there are ones I like, I lay those over the track. When I’m looking at shots, I try to get the ones that sum up the day the best,” Ransom explained.
Ultimately, Ransom hopes that his work is meaningful in its portrayal of the most raw and candid moments even beyond the halls of Logan High.
“Life in itself is one of the best movies that we can ever watch,” Ransom believes. “I just want to document everything because I don’t think we have any excuses to not be documenting everything.”
Daily videos from the The Amphion can be viewed on Ransom’s Instagram account @kyle.ransom and the home page of The Grizzly Online.